Small Animal Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis Traumatology
Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis (MIO) has successfully improved human orthopedic outcomes for more than two decades. Still, MIO has not been fully embraced by the veterinary orthopedic community, despite evidence of faster bone healing, lower morbidity, faster functional recovery, and fewer complications. The AO VET NA Small Animal Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis Traumatology course is helping change this situation.
This course fills the current void in veterinary orthopedic continuing education and allows surgeons to learn the biological basis of MIO, surgical techniques, new implants, advanced imaging, and radioprotection techniques from top experts in the field today. Such exposure will undoubtedly lead to improved management of fractures in companion animals and improved outcomes.
If you care about providing the best outcomes for your small animals, you should register for this course and begin applying MIO in your clinical practice.
Learning will be delivered through
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to Define MIO principles Describe and integrate new reduction and fixation techniques used to reduce one’s surgical footprint Differentiate indirect from direct fragment manipulation and assess their effect on the soft tissue envelope Associate the biological benefits of remote percutaneous plate osteosynthesis and the need to provide adequate mechanical stability at the fracture site Recognize MIO challenges and limitations and realize when a shift to open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) and open but do not touch (OBDNT) technique is required Assess the impact of new technologies (implants and advanced imaging) in successfully performing MIO Evaluate the risk / benefit of intraoperative fluoroscopy during MIO Implement effective protective measures to decrease radiation exposure to the surgical team (ALARA -As Low As Reasonably Achievable) Recognize the importance of monitoring radiation exposure
- AO VET Small Animal Principles Course (Mandatory)
- AO VET Small Animal Advanced Course (Highly Recommended)
- AO VET Small Animal Masters Course (Desirable)
Who should attend
Residents and practicing veterinarians with orthopedic experience. Familiarity with locking implant instrumentation and techniques will be assumed.
Location, time, and tuition
- Kimberly Agnello, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
- Katherine Barnes, DVM, MS, DACVS
- Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR (Evaluator)
- Derek Fox, DVM, PhD, DACVS
- Laurent Guiot, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
- William Karlin, DVM, MS, DACVS (Table Instructor)
- Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS
- James Tomlinson, BSc, DVM, MVSc, DACVS